The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 as public holiday to mark the 2020 Eid-ul-Mawlid Celebration.
The mawlid is celebrated by Muslim faithful in commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Muslim faithful for witnessing this year’s occasion.
Aregbesola admonished all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of Prophet Muhammad, adding that doing so would guarantee peace and security in the country.
Ogbeni Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality.
“As the indisputable leader of our race, we must show responsible leadership in Africa,” he said.
While calling for a stop to all divisive tendencies across the country, the Minister urged all Nigerians and the youth in particular, to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity.
He sought cooperation with President Muhammadu Buhari led Administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.